How To Find Your Nearest Pokéstop Without Taking A Step

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Pokémon Go requires you  visit Pokéstops regularly to restock essential resources needed to play the game. You can buy these resources but they cost quite a bit. If you live in a large city finding a nearby Pokéstop shouldn't be much of problem but if you live in the suburbs, suddenly find yourself some place new and unfamiliar, or you've just started playing the game and can't find a Pokéstop, there's a simple way to find it without having to take a single exploratory step. It requires installing Ingress, a game by the same developers who made Pokémon Go. The game is exceptionally similar to Pokémon Go and features 'Portals' which translate to Pokéstop in the Pokémon Go world. Read More

How To See Where Pokémon Are Spawning Near You In Real Time

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The Pokémon Go mania isn't dying out as some people predicted/hoped it would. Instead, people are developing tools to help educate players on how to maximize experience gained when evolving a Pokemon, tag locations where they found a particular Pokemon, chat with fellow players, and more. The game continues to expand to other countries, experience server issues, and encourage people to go outside. If you're on the search for a rare Pokemon, it might help to know where other players caught it in your vicinity. Poké Radar does just. If instead of historic data though, you're more interested in real-time data, then Poké Huntr and GeoPoke are apps you need to check out. They let you see all the Pokémon spawning around you without you having to leave your house or access the game. At present, the apps are under a significant amount of stress from so many people accessing them. If you find you're unable to use Pokè Huntr, check their Facebook page for an update. Read More

What To Do When Pokemon Go Gets Stuck At The ‘Caught!’ Screen

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Pokemon Go is being made available in more and more countries. Over the weekend, it was released in Canada and tomorrow, it is set to release in Japan. Niantic is trying to bring the experience to people all over the world but it is still struggling with server problems. What makes it worse is that the company has been targeted in a successful DDOS attack aimed to take down the Pokemon Go servers. What all this adds up to is problems for players. The game freezes at the oddest times because it has lost contact with the server. If this happens when you're catching Pokemon, the screen gets stuck at the 'Caught' screen and players are left wondering what to do in order to retain the Pokemon they caught. Here's how you can minimize the chances of losing a Pokemon from the screen freezing. Read More

Use An Ok Google Command To Have All Your Notifications Read Out Loud

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Ok Google is a very popular Android feature and in March of this year, Google opened the API up to developers. Doing so means developers can integrate app functionality with the OK Google command. Doing so will let users can invoke the app function with the 'Ok Google' command. OK Google Notifications is a free Android app that makes excellent use of the Ok Google feature and reads out all your notifications to you. The app is very basic at the moment so it has only one command that will read out all notifications but doesn't let you tell the app to read out the last notification only or notifications from a specific app. Read More

How To Ctrl + F Search Text In A Printed Document

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Information is now stored and accessed digitally. Not only is it easier to share and store information like this, it's also much easier to access it. If you've downloaded a particularly long research paper that you don't want to read all the way through to see if it covers a certain topic, you can use the Ctrl+F function and search the text for said topic. Text search is one the greatest advantages that come with digital documents but if you ever have to search an actual physical document i.e. a hard copy for text you're going to have to read it through. If the document is in print form and not hand written, you can use Ctrl + F, a free Android app that can scan the document's text and search it. Read More

How To Catch A Pokemon On The First Throw In Pokemon Go

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Poke Balls are a limited resource in Pokemon Go. The more Pokemon you catch, the faster you will run out of Poke balls and unless you live in a college dorm or a cemetery (both appear to be hotspots for Poke Stops), you will find there aren't enough Poke Stops around for you to replenish your stock. One way to conserve Poke Balls is to get better at catching Pokemon so that you need to use fewer of them. Users are, at present, divided on how best to catch a Pokemon with some even claiming that your 'aim' doesn't matter and it's totally random which throw works and which doesn't. We have found one trick though that can guarantee a catch in most cases. Here's how it works and what you can do to throw your balls more accurately should you miss. Read More

Tap A Dropped Poke Ball To Setup The Next Throw Faster

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Not many people could have predicted how popular a Pokemon game would be in 2016. It's safe to assume though that even the most optimistic forecasts would have fallen short on predicting its popularity. Of course since no one could guess what a Pokemon game in 2016 would look like or how popular it would be, few of us had time to train to catch Pokemon. Those balls are tricky to throw. As players slowly progress to the next level, their aim improves but in the earlier stages you miss quite a few throws with the Poke Ball even when the Pokemon you're trying to capture isn't an evolved one or jumping around. Missed balls isn't a problem since you can replenish your stock from a Poke Stop but there is the problem of the Pokemon disappearing before you can catch it, or it being captured by someone else. This problem is made slightly worse by the Poke balls that take their time to drop and then get ready for the next launch. In that precious sweet time, the Pokemon might disappear so here's how to launch the next ball faster. Read More

How To Use Incense To Catch Nearby Pokemon In Pokemon Go

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When you start playing Pokemon your in-game starter kit includes Poke balls and incense. The Poke Balls you already know what to do with but the incense is also incredibly useful. The incense attracts Pokemon to wherever you drop it. It can cause Pokemon to spawn where the incense has been dropped and it can also attract Pokemon that are nearby to the location. You can't target what type of Pokemon is attracted to the incense because they do still spawn according to habitat. If you're in range of a few Pokemon and unable to physically go and find them, a little incense can do wonders. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Check If Pokemon Go Servers Are Up Without Logging Into The Game

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Pokemon Go servers were down again these past few hours, and by few we mean something around 5-6 hours in some places. The outage was intermittent meaning players were able to log on to the game briefly, hunt down a rare Pokemon only to have the game die on them before they could catch it. This is the second widespread outage the game suffered with the first coming right around the time the game was released. The game quickly buckled under the strain from so many users but had been stable since. When the servers go down, the game asks you to sign in again via your Google account. Only after you've signed in does the game tell you that servers are still down. You have to sign in again even if the servers went down and came back up in the time you weren't using the app. If you're tired of signing in repeatedly only to learn that the servers are down, Pokemon Go Server Status and Is Pokemon Go rip? let you know which regional servers are up and which are down. At present, all servers are up but you might want to bookmark these web apps for future outages. Read More

Get Notified When Pokemon Go Is Released In Your Country

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Pokemon Go has only released in a select few countries. The game is already struggling to keep up with the load on its servers from the players from these countries alone. Users outside the countries the game has officially been released to have still been able to play it simply by side loading the app on Android and/or downloading it from the US App Store on iOS. That basically means more load on the game's servers but if you're sitting the game out until it's official release in your country, you can sign up and get alerts for just that with Is Pokemon Go Available Yet. Read More

How To Look Up Where You Caught A Pokemon In Pokemon Go

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The Pokemon in Pokemon Go spawn according to habitat. They are classified into different types such as bug, grass, water, etc. They spawn at certain locations e.g. a water type Pokemon will spawn near a lake or a stream, or even a pond in a park. It's rumored that water Pokemon might even spawn if it's raining. If you've caught a particularly rare or special Pokemon, your friends might want to try their luck at catching it too. Knowing where said Pokemon spawned, can help other players catch it. At the very least, it gives players a place to keep an eye on but how likely are you to remember where you found a certain Pokemon? Fortunately, the game has you covered since it does rely on location so much. Each time you catch a Pokemon, the location where you caught it is also recorded. Here's how you can retrieve it. Read More

How To Reduce Battery And Data Consumption By Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go is an awesome game that makes excellent use of augmented reality and gets people to go outside. The only downside is that it's impossible to play this game without turning on your cellular data which is something that can cost an arm and a leg in terms of price, and reduce your device's battery significantly. Just walking around with cellular data turned On is a huge battery drain but to run an app that relies heavily on it means more power consumption. The thing with Pokemon Go is that it's significant data usage as well as the added drain to the battery can be attributed to one thing; maps. The app relies on your current location to help you find Pokemon and as you walk around, it constantly updates the in-game map which consume battery and data. To minimize this drain, simply download a map of your city and the app will consume less battery and data. Here's how. Read More

How To Find Nearby Pokèmon Using Paw Prints As A Guide

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Update 1: As of a recent update to the Pokèmon Go app made on July 31, 2015, the nearby paw prints feature has been removed. This guide is no longer useful. We will update this post if Niantic adds the option back. Update 2: An update to Pokèmon Go made on August 9, 2016 has made the refresh rate of the nearby bar. It can be used to track Pokèmon nearby. You can check out the method here. Pokemon Go has been an instant hit and people are enthusiastically trying to catch them all. The game revolves around finding and catching Pokemon. It requires walking around the city and always being alert when a Pokemon is nearby. The game tells you when one or several Pokemon are nearby and it even provides you helpful little hints to whether or not you're getting closer or walking further away from a Pokemon. These little hints come in the form of paw prints that appear under a Pokemon that is nearby, or next to one you've selected. Here's how you can use them to find the Pokemon you want to catch. Read More

How To Walk In Pokémon Go And Find Pokéstops

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Pokemon Go has arrived and it's already interfering with productivity. The game is possibly the best AR game out there today and there are none like it which makes the game play slightly confusing. Mobile games are supposed to be simple and we can normally play them without having to do much other than tilt our screens or tap them. With Pokemon Go, things are quite different and many users are having trouble just learning to get around and finding Poke Stops. Here's how to do both. Read More

How To Get Chrome Mobile Bookmarks To Appear On Chrome Desktop

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Chrome is available for both desktop and mobile platforms. On Android, it's usually the default browser and on iOS, you can download the browser from the App Store. Chrome is likewise available for Windows and macOS. One of the browser's pioneering features is the ability to sync user data including history, auto-fill information, bookmarks, and apps and extensions across Chrome installations on different platforms. The same feature is available on Chrome for iOS and Android and if enabled you can sync your Chrome mobile bookmarks to your desktop Chrome installations. Here's how. Read More

How To Add Stickers To Photos In Twitter For iOS And Android

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Twitter has just introduced stickers to its iOS and Android apps. The stickers can be added to photos that you're tweeting. The feature mimics Facebook's feature of the same name that even has its own stand alone app. The feature is rolling out slowly as the updated app is made available to different regions and isn't available yet on the web interface but likely will be added to it like the GIF feature was. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Identify Any Plant With Just A Photo Of It

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Accidentally touching poison oak or poison ivy was a popular story line used by sitcoms two decades ago. It might have been funny but it also made it obvious that some plants can be dangerous for you. Plants are basically awesome until they try to kill you or your pet but a dangerous plant is rarely something we know about until it's too late. PlantNet is an iOS and Android app that lets you identify any plant with just a photo. It's a great way to not just make sure plants in your home are safe for you, your kids, and your pets but also a good way to learn about the flora in your community. Read More

How To Upload Images Directly To Instagram From Inside Any App

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Before Facebook bought Instagram, the app kept an air of exclusivity about it. It was only available for the iOS platform and remained so for a long time until Facebook's acquisition turned things in a different direction. Since then, Instagram has slowly opened up with a reasonably functional web interface and apps for the Android and Windows phone platform. The app has just received a small update that opens it up further allowing users to post to Instagram from any other app via the share menu. Before, users could export an image to Instagram or save it to their camera roll and access it from the Instagram app but as of version 8.2, that is all history. Read More

How To Measure Anything With An A4 Paper And Your Android Phone

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Before smartphones were a thing it was always a good idea to keep a pen and some paper in your pocket so you could write down something important if needed. Smartphones have pretty much eliminated this need and not just because they come with great note taking apps but because the camera lets us snap a sharp image of any information we need to save. Apps like Google Keep can detect text in an image and turn it into a note for you. TakeMeasure is a free Android app that turns your camera into a measuring tool provided you have an A4 paper available. The app has you place the object you want to measure next to the A4 paper and photograph them together. It then finds the size of the object relative to the A4 paper. Read More

How To Sync Your Dictionary & Learned Words Between Android Devices

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A good keyboard is defined by how much easier it makes typing, how well it picks up on your spelling errors, how accurately it can predict the word you want to type next, and how responsive it is. Android users have a large number of third-party keyboards they can try out until they find the perfect fit. For every keyboard you try, there will be a small period when you break it in first and teach it how you type. That is really the only challenge if you like everything else about it but this is also where it's a good idea to just stick with the default Google Keyboard on your Android device. The keyboard can save the words it learns from you as you type and sync them to all other Android devices that are connected to your account. Here's how you can enable dictionary syncing between Android devices. Read More